December 2, 2010 – Following numerous recalls of dangerous over-the-counter medications for both children and adults, Johnson & Johnson has failed to bring its products and Puerto Rico plant up to federal standards. Recently, investigators for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have filed a new report listing a number of problems with drugs released by Johnson & Johnson over the past year. The report states that investigators found “recurrent problems in quality control” and a continual failure to “investigate and root out problems.” Some products that were found to be below quality standards were released to the public, rather than destroyed as they should have been.
Other problems listed in the FDA’s report on the Puerto Rico plant include:
- failure to investigate quality discrepancies;
- failure of the production facility to follow its own written production and process control procedures;
- failure to properly examine or test the drugs; and
- failure to properly clean and maintain the drug manufacturing equipment.
This investigation is the FDA’s follow up to a warning letter sent to Johnson & Johnson in January regarding problems with production facilities. Throughout the year Johnson & Johnson has been forced to initiate many recalls of dangerous or defective products. These recalls include:
- Tylenol (children’s and adult);
- Motrin (children’s and adult);
- Children’s Benadryl;
- DePuy ASR Metal Hip Implants; and
- Velcade vials.
The medication recalls led to the closing of the company’s Ft. Washington, Pa., plant. In spite of these recalls, the FDA has received more than 800 reports of incidents involving Tylenol and other drugs made by Johnson & Johnson. At least 7 of those reports involved deaths related to use of the recalled drugs. The FDA continues investigations into Johnson & Johnson’s operations while the company makes reparative efforts. If you or a loved one has sustained injury from a defective drug, you can talk with a defective drug lawyer to get a better idea of your legal options.
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